The Leiden University is one of the many universities in the Netherlands that is focused on giving only the highest quality of education not just to the locals, but to students from different countries who would like to study in the Netherlands and to eventually live and build the career there. It is also one of the oldest universities that have been founded in the year 1575 by no other than he Prince of Orange – William.
Currently, the Leiden University offers a wide range of courses but is mostly focused on seven faculties:
• Medicine / LUMC
• Mathematics and Natural Sciences
• Social and Behavioral sciences
• Governance and Global Affairs
From the seven faculties, the Leiden University is able to offer 50 undergraduate programs and a hundred graduate programs. The school definitely have more than enough options to give to students for them to get the right program that they will master and build a career from it.
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Generally speaking the education at Leiden University is good, the professors are qualified and the study material is interesting. In my field, History, the programme allows for adequate specialisation and has enough free space to choose your interests. The topic I want to go more into however is different. The University of Leiden allows students to participate in and shape the policy of the University and the different faculties. The student council is taken seriously by the board members and there is also a student member in all faculty boards. This, including with several other student bodies, this allows the students that want to, to really be a part of the decision-making process and have an influence on how the university works. Topics ranging from study programs to (re)building of facilities plans are discussed with the students. This provides valuable experience to students that are not just theoretical and shows them they are taken seriously.
I’ve been studying on the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences here for 2 years now and it has been exactly as expected. It also presents lots of opportunities and activities like an honours programme, guest lectures and the possibility to assist with lower classes, of course with compensation!
Since 2012 I have been studying Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Faculty of Science. When I started the study, it was as I expected it to be. Courses on drug development and getting to know the pharmaceutical sciences world. The dynamics of the courses were noticeable with every course because stories of older students were not comparable with my perception of the courses. This gave me the comfort that the study coordination is always thinking about how to improve the study.
Since 2016 the faculty has moved to a brand new Bèta campus with high-end facilities, which make it possible to actually be there, where the research is being done. A great addition to the Master programme is the flexibility and the openness towards student mobility. First, you’ll have to get familiar with the research by doing a 9-month internship within the Leiden University and gain your basic and independent research skills. After, you are able to go to any university or organisation for a second internship. This allows you to develop yourself on multiple levels and prepare you for the pharmaceutical world.
For everyone who is interested in drug development and sees a future in the pharmaceutical world, this is a study that I would recommend.
In the way, a lot of improvements have been implemented.
There are always positives and negatives that can be named when dealing with institutions, but overall I am very happy with Leiden University. I think the quality of the coures are good and there are many opportunities. The only thing I sometimes struggles with is that if you want help or information you have to actively look for it. To the university it is all very logical where all the information can be found but as a student you have so much going on that often you don’t know where to look.
Another positive is that because it is a student town it is very lively. There are many bars, café’s and always something going on and there are also many internationals. As an international it can however be hard to come in contact with Dutch students because Leiden is a student city where student associations are very imporant and as a international student you are often not allowed to become a member. There are associations for internationals but there aren’t many Dutch student who are a member of these.
Also I think it should be communicated better how horrible the housing situation is in Leiden. Many international student do not know that it is very difficult to find a room here and they really get into trouble once they arrive.
I did the Bachelor Public Administration at this university. I think the university is great, they have, for example, an excellent honours programm, which I really enjoyed during my study time. Some teachers are not so good and not so supportive, but the overall quality of the teachers is very good. Furthermore, you can have an amazing student life in Leiden, because there are enough social things to do and the other students are very nice.
N.B. This review concerns Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) specifically.
My experience at Leiden University of 4 years has in one word been ‘great’. The university is on the academic forefront and lectures are taught by top professors. There are always workgroups of smaller size lead by one of the professors supporting the study material, which are helpful to really understand the matter and provide the opportunity to get personal assistance if you have any questions.
For practicals you get access to the lower levels of the research department which is of high quality and quite modern. The lecture halls are a bit old and could definitely be improved. The building for the workgroups is functional and modern in contrast. The environment is quite nice although there is a lack of a real campus. The scheduling is done accurately and on time, which is quite good for planning your year.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Leiden University.